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My sister has always eaten toilet paper. Now she complains of stomach aches. What would a doctor do to her?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
30 doctors agree

In brief: Rule out bezoar

Stomach-aches have many causes, but there have been numerous reports of ingested toilet paper causing obstruction, as a "bezoar" in the stomach, or in the colon.
She'll get examined, maybe endoscoped or imaged, and if it's the toilet paper, treatment will save her life. This is a poor way of dieting, or a compulsive "pica"; in either case a clever physician can help guide her as well.

In brief: Rule out bezoar

Stomach-aches have many causes, but there have been numerous reports of ingested toilet paper causing obstruction, as a "bezoar" in the stomach, or in the colon.
She'll get examined, maybe endoscoped or imaged, and if it's the toilet paper, treatment will save her life. This is a poor way of dieting, or a compulsive "pica"; in either case a clever physician can help guide her as well.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Allen Seely
Another reason to remind the public to get treated for 'pica' (eating NON-food items)
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Refer

Your sister suffers from a very serious physical and mental behavior problem. Need to see doctor immediately, for referral to psychiatrist for serious psycholoical therapy.
She is ingesting bleach, chlorine and hundreds of cancer causing chemical agents that seriously puts her life at risk. May need to take iron supplements, too. Please have her checked out.

In brief: Refer

Your sister suffers from a very serious physical and mental behavior problem. Need to see doctor immediately, for referral to psychiatrist for serious psycholoical therapy.
She is ingesting bleach, chlorine and hundreds of cancer causing chemical agents that seriously puts her life at risk. May need to take iron supplements, too. Please have her checked out.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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